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      Raksha Changappa is an award winning dietitian, nutritionist, nutrition activist and advocate, and author. She holds Bachelor of Science (Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics) and Master of Science (Food & Nutrition) degrees, from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore and V.H.D. Central Institute, Bangalore, respectively. A university first rank holder in nutrition, she currently manages her specialized private practice, while pursuing a Ph.D. in `Weight Management & the Urban Indian Women’.   Her area of expertise is nutrition and diet management of better known (e.g. obesity, diabetes mellitus), challenging (e.g. dysphagia, Down syndrome, ADHD) and rare disorders (e.g. systemic lupus, uveitis, pituitary adenoma). Her spectrum of diet consulting covers all nutrition sub-specialties including pediatric, adolescent, adult, geriatric, sports and weight management.    Raksha`s professional experience in nutrition and dietetics spans research, academia, the slimming and fitness industry, and consulting. She has trained in clinical settings in hospitals like Wockhardt and Mallya, respectively; conducted field and laboratory research, and formulated reports on extensive topics such as: functional foods, probiotics, fluorosis, midday meal scheme in India, nutritional awareness of Indians and dietary intake of athletes. And, at hospitals, universities, schools, NGOs and R&D labs, like Narayana Hrudayalaya, Victoria Hospital, B.M. Jain Hospital, University of Agricultural Sciences, R.V. Dental College, Bishop Cotton Girls School, ISKCON and K.C. Das.   She is a recipient of many prestigious nutrition specific awards and accolades, instituted by government and private bodies alike. Raksha has been felicitated and commended for her work in nutrition, by eminent individuals including Padma Vibhushan, Shri. T.N. Chaturvedi, former Governor of Karnataka, and Smt. Prema C., former Mayor, Bangalore and Ex-Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha). Her notable awards, amongst others, include, three gold medals in nutrition and dietetics, The Padma Bhushan Dr. M.C. Modi Award, The Smt. Nirmala Rao Award and The M/S Atria Golden Jubilee Award, respectively.   A nutrition activist and advocate, Raksha actively engages in raising awareness about socially relevant nutrition issues. Topics like role of nutrition in HIV positive patients, food security, spina bifida in infants, maternal mortality, and significance of early nutrition support in motor accident related head injuries, are some areas covered by her. She also attempts to bring focus on the societal problem of obesity bias and stigmatization, and the role it plays in creation of health issues in today`s population, like eating disorders, chronic dieting, lowered self esteem and negative body image.    Raksha is also a nutrition author and her articles have been published in print and online, in publications like Times of India, Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, Bangalore Times, The Week-Smart Life, Femina, Good Housekeeping. Her popular nutrition blog attracts readers globally and a nutrition blog post of hers was chosen by Apple Inc`s former Chief Evangelist, Guy Kawasaki, for his international paper. She is working on her first book.   Daughter of a retired, senior army officer and an economist mother, she practises and is based out of Bangalore, India.  

Questions Answered by me

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